Mt. Vernon Register-News


April 9, 2010

Mt. Vernon FFA holds Farm Safety Day

BONNIE — Teaching students about farm safety and agriculture was the focus of the 12th annual Mt. Vernon Township High School FFA Farm Safety Day held Thursday afternoon at Adams Farms.

The event welcomed about eight different Jefferson County schools and provided about 425 students presentations on topics such as animal safety, electrical safety, chemical safety, grain safety, fire and weather safety and outdoor recreation among others.

“We have about 20 different stations here to teach students,” explained MVTHS FFA advisor John Kabat. “On this day, I hope both the high school and grade school students can think about safety more and actually see something they can relate to either in class or later in life.”

Safety Day began after Leon Adams, his family and friends decided the activity would be beneficial to provide to grade school children each year.

“We started this in 1988 as a good FFA activity,” he said. “We were already going to rural grade schools to teach safety once a month. But we thought it would be nice to bring them all together on one day near the end of the year. When we would go to schools and talk about grain safety, students didn’t have a clue what we were talking about. Now they can see it and the kids always seem to get something out of it.”

Adams said students usually seem surprised about different types of grain and how they are used in food products.

“We’re not just here to focus on safety — it’s part safety and part ag education,” he added. “Some kids may never step out on a farm again, but they will have had the exposure of what it is and where our food comes from.”

“The big thing is the general awareness of how to be safe — the danger point of animals and about outdoor recreation,” said MVTS FFA advisor Cherie Rogier. “It’s little facts they pick up, so if they go fishing with Dad or Grandpa they know such things like the danger points on a fish.”

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